Week Beginning 11th May 2020

We would like to wish very happy lock down birthday wishes to the following children who have had their birthday over the last few weeks or are due to have their birthday this month:
Sofia, Lydia, Freya O’T, Alfie, Ada, Tharanya, Orla, Ella, Chloe and Tyler H.

Hello Reception, we hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and managed to enjoy the VE day celebrations in the sunshine. We must begin by apologising for not yet ringing you with your email address to enable you to access Microsoft Teams to communicate with staff about the work set. It took a little longer than expected to sort out email addresses but we will be phoning you over the next couple of days to share this with you. Once you have your email address and password you will need to follow the following link https://www.office.com/ to log in. The password you will be given will be a generic one so you are free to change this. The idea of microsoft teams is to allow children to chat to their teachers live about the work set. This is obviously better suited to the older children but is a function available if you wish to use it. We must state though it is only to chat about the work that has been set not to disscuss other issues. Please use the class email addresses for any other communication. Please do not feel you have to use TEAMs, it is just another form of communication open to you. Class teachers will be available to chat about Phonics 10-10.30 every week day and Maths 11-11.30 every weekday.

We would like to say a massive thank you for all the lovely emails this week. We love seeing all the lovely work you have been doing and also your lovely smiley faces. If you haven’t managed to email yet then please try to this week.

This week for Phonics we would like you to try some phonic sessions that should help to move your Phonics on and teach what you would have been taught had we been in school. These online sessions are taught by Teachers and follow the letters and sounds scheme that we follow in school. Please let us know how you get on with these sessions as they are a little different to the PowerPoints the children have been doing over the last few weeks. We would love to know which format you prefer. Please note which sessions we would like your child’s Phonics group to follow ( these are identified under the link)

Miss Plimmer’s, Miss Warsop’s and Mrs Hollingsworth’s groups should Follow the Reception Link and should try the five lessons starting from the 27th April – 1st May. Miss Jones and Mrs Johnson’s Phonics groups should follow the ‘Learning to Blend’ link again the 27th April – 1st May. Mrs Towner’s Phonics group should follow the Year 1 link and again follow the 5 lessons from the 27th April – 1st May (If your child is struggling with this then please follow the Reception link so they can recap the sounds previously been taught). Don’t forget to warm up with the Jolly Phonics or Tricky words songs that can be found on YouTube.

For your Maths sessions this week we will be following the story ‘The Very Busy Spider’. You can find the story in the link bellow and also the link to the weeks sessions. We have seen some lovely photos of activities you have been doing with your Maths. Its lovely to hear that you are enjoying the Maths sessions. This week you will be doing some work on patterns, addition and subtraction and doubles. If you would like to learn a little more about ‘doubles’ we have added the link to the doubles rap that we would love you to have a try at learning.

For those of you who would like a little extra challenge then please have a go at some of these ‘Digging Deeper’ Tasks.

This week for our curriculum work we would like you to think about staying healthy. Please follow the different activities on the PowerPoint and think about ways that you can stay healthy. What things are you doing at home to stay healthy? See if you can help to make a healthy meal. And remember a great way to start your day in a healthy way is to join Jo Wickes on YouTube doing his daily exercise session.

Parents we would just like to say a massive thank you for all that you are doing at home. We know it is not an easy task to home school especially when you are also trying to work from home. We have had some feedback that some of the children are struggling at the moment. Please do not worry or stress. Let the children take the lead. If they don’t want to do something Please do not force it. The most important thing is to look after your child’s and your own well being. Get outside, go for a walk, bake a cake, play board games or card games, get down with the children and play their games or just read and chat to them. There is learning in everything that we do. If you don’t get all of the activities done it doesn’t matter. Do what you can and please try not to feel guilty we are all trying to get through this strange situation as best we can. Remember we are always only an email away and will get back to you as quickly as we can to offer any support or words of advice.

We hope you have lovely week and look forward to seeing your lovely photos (these do not just have to be of school work).

Take Care and stay safe

The Reception Team